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ALPRO

Your runway to greater control and protability

ALPRO herd management for


total control
ALPRO Windows* is a user-friendly and exible management program designed to optimize
your decision-making process.
Complete cow milking, feeding, breeding and veterinary records help you make the best
management decisions. Historical data on individual cows and a superb graphical userinterface, allow you to monitor lactation curves, fat and protein content. You can also view the
likes of body score development, somatic cell counts and other cow-related parameters.
ALPRO thoroughly and accurately collects then evaluates data from every animal in your
herd 24 hours a day, seven days a week. With the ALPRO herd management solution you
can assess trends, evaluate alternative strategies, proactively implement correct decisions and
calculate the outcome.

Modern dairy farm management at


your ngertips
Essential information is just a click away
The user-friendly ALPRO Windows* interface lets you review your daily actions at a glance
and check individual cow or herd data. You can highlight the information you want and simply
drag and drop to create tailor-made reports.

General management
ALPRO permanently monitors your herds performance and health within many key
parameters. You can go directly to the herd summary screen, select a desired time period for
analysis and check if your management goals are being achieved. Milk production projections
and data analysis graphs help you make the right decisions.
Individual historical records of ailments, treatments and culling will help you evaluate your
management practices. These can be automatically linked to the desired treatment, which
avoids misunderstandings and reduces data entry time. You can also group cows according
to milking time for more effective use of parlour capacity, as well as identify and isolate
individual cows that require special attention or treatment.
You view the data ALPRO collects on the PC in your ofce as a print-out or on the ALPRO
processor, or on the DeLaval milking point processor MPC.

Reliable and easy to use


DeLaval milking point controller MPC takes reliable care of ow-controlled milking, milk
metering and in-parlour feeding. It shows each cows number and milk yield. It warns you
if any cow is producing less than normal due to sickness and the like. If she is wearing the
DeLaval activity meter then you can also see if she is coming in to heat. Naturally, data is also
sent directly to your PC so you can respond immediately.
The DeLaval MPC also controls cow trafc. An animal requiring special attention can be
separated via an automatic sort gate.

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Milking
Fine-tune milk production
Daily milk recording is vital for ne-tuning milk production and maximizing herd
performance. For example, you can use yield data to implement and evaluate feed rations for
individuals or groups, calculate actual lactation curves and identify potential health problems
proactively. Additional daily recording benets include grouping cows according to yield and
lowering involuntary culling rates by more closely following individual milk production. Milk
yields are proven to be the fastest detector of health problems in fresh cows and the rst three
to four weeks of lactation contain the majority of all health issues.
ALPRO lets you use ow controlled milking. Flow control means faster, more complete
milk-out. It also lets you set milking parameters according to your herd and thus get maximum
milking performance.

Automatic cluster removal (ACR)


A DeLaval ACR does half your milking job for you, so your milkers and your cows can calmly
perform to the best of their abilities. Automated take-off is one of the rst steps towards full
herd control and offers the immediate benets of improved workow with reduced workrelated stress. ACR consistency is key to maintaining good udder health.

Milk metering
DeLaval milk metering helps you accurately monitor individual cow yield to efciently
improve feed distribution, cow health and quality milk production.
DeLaval milk meters MM15 and MM25 perform important tasks. They continuously record
each cows milk production, to help ensure the milk yield data, that ALPRO processes, is
always accurate and timely.

Cow identication
Automatic identication is the natural compliment to milk metering and is key to an integrated
herd management system. DeLaval offers compatibility with all NLIS approved devices
available as transponders, ear tags or rumen pellets.

Milking performance
The procedures involved in milking cows have become a
focal point for todays dairy farmers. Are cows being prepared
correctly and according to a precise, predened protocol?

The following graph illustrates milking performance details:

Each cow is represented by three markers:


Circle
= Time identication took place
Square = Time of milking machine attachment
Triangle = Time of detachment

Effectively using protocols requires tools for monitoring


milkers adherence and measuring the results. ALPRO
Windows* now includes some highly advanced features for
this area of dairy management.

In this 2x7 parlour example, batch one was


attached in order 1 through 7, but then something
odd occurred. Batch two was started as batch one
was nished, but stalls 14 through 8 were started
from the back! Obviously, the milker in this instance
nished attaching units 1 through 7, then went
across the pit and started from 14.

Milking process efciency


The latest ALPRO Windows* developments concentrate
on the efciency of the milking process. There are different
aspects and values to this focus relating to particular aspects of
the cows life.

This indicates that either no preparation procedure


is in place or it is being ignored. A report for any of
the milking batches can be displayed with all the
individual time stamps noted below the general
graph.

Research shows that cows which are well prepared and


stimulated for milking will release their milk much faster than
ill-prepared cows. Todays recommended preparation routines
call for 60 to 90 seconds from rst touch of the udder until
milking machine attachment.
ALPRO Windows* new milking efciency features adherence
to your milking routines and check that cows are reacting as
expected.

This graph illustrates all the parameters measured


during the milking process. Different parameters
can be compared.
For example:
Green = Average time from cow identication until
unit attachment.

A well stimulated cow will start milking at a high ow


rate almost immediately. The new ALPRO Windows*
measurements show if your cows are stimulated during
attachment and whether the milking staff have followed the
routines. In the example youll see summaries per group and
the data for individual cows. The benchmark gures for a
modern dairy with a good milking procedure are as follows:

Average ow-rate to be expected by a group or for the herd


(individual cows will vary widely.)
Flow-rate
Flow-rate
Flow-rate

0 to 15 seconds = 0.5 1.5 Kg/Min.


15 to 30 seconds = 2.0 3.0 Kg/Min.
30 to 60 seconds = 3.5 5.0 Kg/Min.

Illustrated ow rates:

Yellow = Milk duration the total net time of milking machines on cows from rst attachment to last detachment.
Brown = Average machine-on time for the cows.

The above sample clearly shows that the rst two groups of
cows stand in the parlour for a long time before being milked.
This probably means that cows are allowed into the parlour too
long before actual milking and in this case, it would be better for
them to be resting or eating.
In the group 7 example above, the net machine-on time was very
long without the average per cow being substantially different.

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In this sample no preparation procedure was in place


to stimulate the cows. The ow rates for the rst
half-minute show the cows are barely dripping and
the milking machines pulsation is relied on to provide
stimulation. While pulsation does provide stimulation,
it does so without milk ow. This is a classic example
of over-milking at the beginning of milking.
Also note the rst cow on the list. The ow-rate at
time of take-off was substantially higher than any
other cow and the milking machine was manually removed by the milker. Likely scenario; the cow kicked
off the machine which then lay on the oor until it
was manually retracted and was NOT reattached.

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Feeding correctly fed


animals produce more milk
More milk, lower costs and less labour

New ALPRO feeding features

The ALPRO feeding system works by keeping track of each animal


adjusting the quantity and type of feed concentrate according to her
milk production. It also feeds small rations on a frequent basis. Both
strategies maximise nutritional intake and efciently utilize feed, to
increase yield. ALPRO also measures individual milk yield on a daily
basis to show how different feed compositions given at different stages
in the lactation cycle, affect the amount of milk each cow produces.
Feed represents around 50 per cent of milk production costs so savings
on feed while producing more milk, generates considerably higher
prot.

TMR/PMR
ALPRO makes it possible to establish the optimum combination
between the TMR feeding system and individual feeding. This
alternative keeps the advantages of TMR (total mixed ration) and adds
several other benets with the PMR (partial mixer ration) concept
including:

Possibility to utilize TMR for smaller herds


Reduction in feeding costs to improve farm protability
Implementation of individual feeding with less labour costs

Feed dispensed according to individual needs


ALPRO handles eight different feed types at the same time. In loose
housing, feeding stations with automatic identication can dispense
up to four feeds including minerals and liquid additives. The unique,
continues qualication program promotes frequent visits and natural,
stress-free eating patterns. Each station has up to four dispensers. In
addition, you are instantly alerted if any animal deviates from her
normal feeding routine so you can identify and remedy the situation
quickly.

The latest ALPRO version has a link to TMR, so you can use the feed
manager to import data that will be displayed in ALPRO dialogues. The
data will also be used in calculations shown in reports and summaries.
The feed data stored as database item TMR is expressed in dry matter.
The default value for dry matter for concentrates is 87 per cent and can
be changed per feed to t local conditions. Dry Matter Efciency is
calculated as milk yield divided by consumed feed in DM. Values for feed
cost and milk price are entered in the window Feeding and Milk Parameters.
These new tools give a good indication of your dairy operations economics.

THE FEEDING SUMMARY WINDOW


In the ALPRO Feeding Summary there is a new window displaying a
summary of yesterdays feed consumption and costs, along with economical
calculations for all groups on the farm.

In-parlour feeding
DeLaval feeding solutions are designed to raise milk production, while
lowering feed costs and labour. Our in-parlour systems are a perfect solution
for dairy farmers utilising a pasture-based system or those wanting to ensure
that each cow receives her concentrate feed.

Out-parlour feeding
DeLaval out-of-parlour feeding systems for loose-housing and tie stalls
allow you to adjust feeding rations during the whole lactation to maximize
milk production. You save on labour costs, avoid inexible working hours
and are instantly alerted if any animal deviates from her normal feeding
routine.

Improve calf management and


protability
Optimise growth, reduce costs
The special ALPRO calf feeding station records how much each calf is
eating and looks after several important feeding functions. For example, it
automatically dispenses milk or mixes milk replacer with water and delivers
it to the calf at the right temperature. The station can also supply vitamins
and additives to promote healthy growth, plus dispense medicine to sick
individuals.

Benets of concentrate feeding


Consuming concentrate at an early stage supports rumen development.
The ALPRO concentrate feed station stimulates concentrate intake, as
feed is always freshly dispensed at natural eating speed. Concentrate
intake is the main parameter to consider when deciding to wean a calf and
ALPRO identies the right moment to do so. In addition, diseases can be
discovered earlier as calves reduce their concentrate intake long before milk
consumption drops.

Calf feeder
Utilization of the automatic calf feeder connected to the ALPRO system
with concentrate feeding stations, offers the possibility to:

Inuence earlier and better rumen developing


Reduce the consumption of milk/milk replacer
Reduce waste of concentrate

Activity measurement
Measuring your individual cow activity allows you to measure your future
business success. The lightweight DeLaval activity meter continuously
collects and transmits activity data on each cow, so you can efciently plan
your breeding program accordingly. More successful inseminations and
shorter calving intervals give direct nancial gain. Improved heat detection
and conception rate means a signicantly shorter calving interval which
saves you money! Theres also a new ALPRO functionality called Low
Activity which alarms you to a cow with a lowered activity level due to
disease.
The calfs number, birth date and sex are transferred from the rst dialog
and you can add the transponder number and new calf ID. The calfs
mother and the bull the mother was last inseminated by can also be
entered. You can add or delete text at any stage.

Breeding
Improve herd performance and income
ALPRO keeps track of when each cow should be coming into heat and
when it is time to inseminate with a built-in cow calendar. Its integrated
with the DeLaval activity meter to pinpoint optimal insemination time and
this information increases the chances of the cow conceiving. Improved heat
detection and conception rate means a signicantly shorter calving interval.
Many studies show that this reduction saves you a signicant amount of
money and the larger your herd is, the more you save.

Information is always available and easy to follow


The DeLaval activity meter is small and weighs only 170 grams. It hangs
conveniently around the cows neck, where it stays clean and safe. It
collects and transmits data every hour via an antenna link to the ALPRO
system. Every transmission covers a rolling 24-hour period so no data is
ever lost and the data is then presented in an easy to read format. Finally, as
the DeLaval activity meter system works independently from the parlour,
the meter can also be used to help detect heat in heifers.

Breeding future success today


ALPRO Windows* excels in keeping track of reproductive performance.
When entering a calving, the born calf/calves automatically get introduced
in to the database.
This is what the new calf ID card produced at calving looks like:
You can enter the delivery, sex and ID of
each calf to get a permanent ID for your
database.

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The system will also inform you if any cow should not be milked or if
her milk should be dumped.

Herd health low activity


In the reports you can combine and lter data for low activity, low milk
yield and feed consumption to nd cows needing special attention. Low
activity can be used as a lter item in all reports and cow dialogues. If
low activity is used to lter, only cows with alarms for low activity today
and yesterday will be shown.

It is obvious that a cow feeling poorly due to disease will lower her activity
level. The new low activity function monitors activity levels for both
increases and decreases, with decreased activity being a strong indicator of
health problems.

This cow had alarms for high activity on April 16th. She was inseminated
the same day. On April 19th she decreased her activity below the usual and
was therefore marked with alarms for low activity.
The grey graph shows the average activity for the cow and is the reference
for comparison of todays activity.
Activity items available for reports are shown below:
General Low/High Activity Probability
= the probability that the cow has
low/high activity based on the latest
24 hours of activity data.
24 hrs Activity Avg. = the cows average activity level during the last 24.

Automatic sorting
Sorting
DeLaval cow sorting allows you to reduce your daily labour demands by
automatically diverting your herd in up to ve different directions, based on
various sorting criteria. A exible, easy-to-use PC interface allows you to
select cows directly from the printout or attention note and batch-enter those
to be sorted. In ALPRO Windows*, cows can be chosen for automatic sorting
using sort criteria.
Sample Sort criteria selection:

Sorting denitions can be a combination of criteria, e.g. down in milk and


down in concentrate consumption. You can add a name to describe the intent
behind the criteria.
Example sort criteria named Maybe sick cow:

Sorting criteria are chosen from the database tree with one or more criteria.
For ease of use, we created a folder named
Recommended sorting items, which includes
all items used in the ALPRO processor for
sorting.
Note: If you want to save the criteria for later
use but not separate the cows at the moment,
you can give the information an inactive
status.

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Create custom reports


Get more from each cow and
the most from your farm

Clicking on the coloured button next to the graph name allows you to change
colour on each individual item. You may also change the width of the line, size
of points, the y-axis position of the graph and change the scale of the graph.
Depending on the data you combine you may have to dene best settings for each
data set. Pressing one button will show the graph as below:

THE COMBINED GRAPHS WINDOW


A new powerful function in ALPRO Windows* is combined graphs.
The user can choose from a large number of graphs and see the information
he/she is most interested in. There are two kinds of combined graphs last
30 days and a graph representing the current lactation. These graphs can be
easily accessed from the icons:

When you add a new user-dened graph for the last month the following
window is opened:

THE SCATTER GRAPHS WINDOW


This new graph type allows you to combine data on the x and y-axis. You can
analyze the information for the whole herd, different groups, number of lactations
or different breeding states. Data can be selected from the entire report design tree
including user dened items. The graph is found in menu Cow/Scatter graphs or
by clicking on the icon:

You enter a eld name that clearly describes the graphs purpose. In this
window you can also adjust graph settings (like how many days to display)
and decide what kind of information you want in the graph and on print
outs:

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You simply press the Add button to create a new graph:

This example is a graph for milking routines:

THE USER DEFINED ITEMS WINDOW


A large number of user-denable items are available to individually customize
ALPRO Windows*. To use these items, you merely select the data type
(Integer, Number, Date, Text, or True/False). You may also dene a category,
the item it belongs to, low and high limits and a default value. If you would
like to see the item in individual cow windows, you just set the check box/
boxes for the appropriate windows.

User dened lters and selections


You now have the possibility to create your own lters and selections
of animals for use in all reports and cow dialogs. With this feature,
you may dene a set of cows to be used later for reports or attention
lists. The set of cows is stored and can be applied to any report.
Example of a set of cows taken by manually selecting
the cows belonging to the set:

The items you create in the dialog will then be available in the report design
tree. The items can be located in the folder that you have selected.
Heres a sample of user-dened items:

You can then use the items by dropping them in to a report.

THE BULLS WINDOW


In version 6.50 it is possible to inactivate bulls. When you dont use or very
seldom use a bull, you can keep him in the database without displaying him
in the list at insemination. You can also show him as active and possible to
use for inseminating cows.
Similarly, cows may be highlighted on any report and saved as a set.

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THE HERD SUMMARY WINDOW

THE BATCH ENTRY WINDOW

There are some new items in the herd summary of version 6.50.

All batch entry dialogs have been improved to make them faster and easier to use.
All dialogs with more than one column have a sort option where you can sort the
data by column.

Percent of recruitment
Milk income
Income over feeding cost
Feed cost per unit milk produced
Milk to feed cost ratio
Feed cost as percent of milk income

Percentage of new animals in the herd per year


Milk income for the selected period
Milk income / feed cost for the selected period
Feed cost / milk yield for the selected period
Milk income / feed cost for the selected period
Feed cost / milk income for the selected period

THE CULL SUMMARY WINDOW


The cull summary is now divided into animals removed from the herd and
animals cull agged.

Batch entry dialogs that include sessions, as in the picture above, are now more
adjusted to each cow. Sessions that the cow is not milked are disabled.
The menu also has a new summary dialog of all removed and cull agged
cows.

Sort and lter in html dialogs


It is now possible to sort and lter the data in each column of the html
summary dialogs by simply clicking on the column title you would like to
sort or lter.

We have added a check box to all blocks, where you can select several rows.

Reports
There is new data in the report generator that can be used in reports, lters
and selections. New items are:
Sex, Dam and Sire
Last ailment
Latest cow note
Relative yield
Milking incidents
ID times
Batch number
Milk ow values for 0-15 s, 15-30 s, 30-60 s, 60-120 s, and Take-off
Last cut data
Milk income
Feed cost
Different calculations for milk yield and feed consumption
Relative activity

Import SQL reports


In menu System/Imported SQL reports there is a new window where
you can import sql reports. This function helps us get values and calculate
different data from the database. This is not a function recommended for the
farmer, but it is a powerful tool for troubleshooting if the farm experiences
problems.

Networking
ALPRO Windows* can be run in a network meaning the program can be
located on several computers. The document ALPRO Windows* Network/
Set up Instructions for Windows* NT, 2000 and XP, describes how the
installation is performed.

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